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Thread: Planning a 75

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    Default Planning a 75

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    Ok so planning the first tank out of the group of tanks I just recieved... I am looking for a stocking list for a 75gal african tank. Here is my current want list:

    P. taeniolatus (Red Empress)
    Red Nyererei
    M. auratus
    N. venustus
    P. sp. "Rock Kribensis"
    Pundamilia nyererei Anchor Island
    Haplichromis Sp. Flame Back

    and I would LOVE some advice on other breathtaking species. Also if you know where I can get male female combo's of any of the above. I would love to see if I can get a harem or m/f combo that works.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    Oooo I'm a big fan of auratus. Beautiful fish; both males and females are lovely looking. Fierce temperaments though. I kept a female in a mixed mbuna (and other completely unsuitable and, now, embarrassing tankmates) 6' tank as a teenager.

    She behaved impeccably until a few fish died and she gained some territory. I've never seen anything attach a 12" common pleco like this little cowbag did

    She got rehomed...but I missed her. I'd love to keep some of them properly now I have an education
    "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan

    ~ 350 Litre Tank Journal ~ ~ 30 Litre Tank Journal ~

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    Ok so I think I have settled into a 1m/3f list of the following:

    P. taeniolatus (Red Empress)
    N. venustus
    and if I can find them Red Nyererei

    If I can get some females holding, I plan to strip them and throw them in an egg tumbler.

    Any thoughts?
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    I'd recommend a 125gal or larger if keeping a breeding group (1m/4f) of nimbochromis venustus (these fish get upwards of 10"-11" and are active swimmers).

    Red Empresses may do better in a 90gal or larger (usually the minimum tank size for any tank housing medium-sized haps, but might work in a 75gal).
    African cichlid and saltwater aquariums

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    Good info, I can step up the gallons if thats whats needed for these species. What would you recommend as a group in a 75? I know they need overstocking and I have excess filtration and a schedule of maintenance that we all come to expect here at the AC. I have plans for a sump potentially as well. Would the excess water volume make up for anything?
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    Sorry for late reply, not sure if you have made any headway yet, But I'll throw my 2 cents in anyways. In a 75 gallon I would recommend 3 groups of 6-8 fish that DONT GET TOO LARGE. IE, some of the dwarf mbuna such as demasoni. There are some very nice pseudotropheus species that will do well. I keep pseudotropheus flavus and pseudotropheus elongatus ((chewere), there are a few different variants of the elongatus). Maybe some afras and the like would also be worth considering? I would stay away from auratus, and things like that as they get fairly large and belong in species tanks IME and opinion. Anywho, I'd say no more than 18-20 sub-adult to adult sized mbuna for a 75. Overstocking is easier to accomplish than you might think. I'd also like to add that you won't want to mix the different lakes, or even haps and peacocks, with the mbuna from lake Malawi. IMO at least. If you want venustus, add some haps or peacock. If you want some sort of mbuna, go with all mbuna. Basically, just research until you find 3 types of africans that suit your tank and each other.

    As for ratios, 1 male of each would result in absolutely stunning male colorations and that would give you 3 beautiful centerpieces. Also the females will school beautifully if stocked properly. Some websites that are good for offering m/f in appropriate numbers are,, and LiveFishDirect has given me a few issues but otherwise are a good site.
    Last edited by Northerly; 01-14-2013 at 07:42 PM.
    Coastie-to-be... hopefully.

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